What Had Happened Was

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 Jun 17, 2021

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Open Mike Eagle Sits down with the legendary creators in hip-hop to discuss their life, impact, and legacy over the course of a season. Season one covers DJ Prince Paul (De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School). Season two covers El-P (Company Flow, Run the Jewels). Season three features legendary hip-hop A&R/producer Dante Ross. Brought to you by Stony Island Audio.

Episode Date
Bonus Episode: Dante Ross on Carlos Santana, the Grammys and more
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in this bonus episode from the What Had Happened Was vault, Dante Ross tells the story of working on Everlast's second album, and their collaboration with Carlos Santana "Put Your Lights On' which led to the trio winning a Grammy. Dante goes in-depth on the recording of the song and what it meant for him and his family to be working with the legendary guitarist Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
Introducing: Rap Radar
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Rap Radar is the home of hip-hop’s most revealing interviews. Each week, famed journalists Elliott Wilson and Brian ‘B.Dot’ Miller invite A-listers from across the hip-hop industry to sit down for the definitive conversation around life experiences, music and culture. Listen to new episodes every Thursday wherever you get your podcasts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
Season Finale: Dante's Legacy and the new reality of the A&R
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In our season finale we pick up with Dante Ross's story after the massive success of Whitey Ford Sings the Blues. He wins a Grammy for a record with Everlast and Carlos Santana and goes on to become a sought after producer and remixer before returning to A&R in a very different music business. Hear about it all and what's coming in the future for a music business legend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
Everlast - Whitey Ford Sings the Blues
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After leaving Elektra Records, Dante Ross started working less behind the scenes and along with his partner John Gamble, went deeper than ever into production. Having known Everlast from the House of Pain and Rhyme Syndicate days, they began working on an album that would change all of their lives: Everlast's multi-platinum solo debut, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2022
Ol' Dirty Bastard
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Near the end of his run at Elektra Records, Dante Ross signed Ol Dirty Bastard after hearing him feature on Wu-Tang's first single 'Proteck Ya Neck'. Dante worked closely with ODB aka Ason Unique aka Big Baby Jesus on his debut album Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version and in the process became familiar with all of the aspects of this talented, charismatic and at times troubled superstar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
Del the Funky Homosapien
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In the middle of his legendary run as an A&R at Elektra Records, Dante signed Del The Funky Homosapien, the teenage cousin of Ice Cube and founding member of the Hieroglyphics Crew. Their partnership saw the release of Del's first two albums, "I Wish My Brother George Was Here' and 'No Need For Alarm'. We hear the story of the emergence of the Oakland MC and the rise of his legendary crew.. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2022
Pete Rock and CL Smooth
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Dante Ross signed Pete Rock and CL Smooth to Elektra Records after becoming familiar with them through Pete Rock's promos on Marley Marl's radio show. He worked with the duo on their debut EP All Souled Out and two classic LPs, 'Mecca and the Soul Brother' and 'The Main Ingredient'. In this episode we hear first hand about the creation of the music and how Pete Rock's production techniques revolutionized rap music. Then we hear how their critical success and underwhelming sales ultimately led to the dissolution of the group. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
KMD and the origin of MF DOOM
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During his legendary run as an A&R at Elektra Records, Dante Ross signed a rap trio out of Long Island NY called KMD. After overseeing and releasing their debut album Mr. Hood, one of the members of the group, DJ Subroc, tragically died. The remaining core member of the group was Subroc's brother Zev Love X and Sub's passing would lead Zev down a dark road. He emerged from his grief as the legendary MF DOOM. Dante worked closely with the group and was a friend of DOOM throughout his life and he tells the entire story in this emotional episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
Leaders of the New School and Busta Rhymes
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Dante Ross's next big signing at Elektra Records was the Long Island based Leaders of the New School including Charlie Brown, Dinco D, Milo and a young Busta Rhymes. Overseen by Dante the group releases two albums (A Future Without a Past and T.I.M.E.) but their journey was plagued by in-fighting almost from the very beginning. In this episode we cover the creation of the group and their classic albums and then their evenutal break-up which sets the stage for the solo career of Busta Rhymes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
Brand Nubian Break-up: Grand Puba's Reel-to-Reel and Brand Nubian's In God We Trust
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Coming off the slow burn success of their debut album, divisions begin to form in Brand Nubian and Grand Puba decides to go solo. Puba goes on to make his debut solo album Reel to Reel and Brand Nubian build their second LP In God We Trust with Sadat X and Lord Jamar holding the flag. All of New York was watching to see which side would come out on top and Dante Ross was the A & R for both albums. In this episode he tells the story of the break-up, the albums and the legacy of all involved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
Brand Nubian: One For All
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After leaving Tommy Boy, Dante Ross began working at Elektra Records and ushered in an amazing roster of legendary rap artists. This epic run would begin with Grand Puba, Sadat X and Lord Jamar, collectively known as Brand Nubian. In this episode Dante talks about transitioning into working with a major label and working with Brand Nubian to create their debut album One For All Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
All Hail the Queen: Introducing Queen Latifah
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In this episode our guest Dante Ross tells the story of signing and developing a young black female rapper from New Jersey that would introduce herself to the world as the legendary Queen Latifah. From hearing her initial demos to developing her debut album All Hail the Queen to booking her first shows all around the country, Dante takes us back to the late 80s where he witnessed the birth of a bona fide star. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2022
Don't Call Him a Scrub: De La Soul's 3ft High and Rising:
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Dante's first job after leaving Rush Productions was becoming A&R for the famed Tommy Boy Records in 1987. The first project he was assigned was the debut album from soon to be legendary rap group De La Soul. In this episode Dante tells the story of how De La put the album together, the reason the infamous lawsuit happened and the origin of the nickname Dante the Scrub Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
Season 3 Premiere: Dante Ross's Adventures at the Dawn of Hip-Hop
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In the premiere episode of Season 3, Open Mike Eagle sits down with Dante Ross as they begin to unpack his journey in hip-hop at the very beginning of the culture's expansion into the mainstream in 1980s New York City. Dante goes from being a witness to the explosion to working alongside some of the genre's essential artists including his friends from the punk scene, the Beastie Boys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
Trailer - Season 3
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Open Mike Eagle Sits down with the legendary creators in hip-hop to discuss their life, impact, and legacy over the course of a season. Season 3 covers Dante Ross. Brought to you by Stony Island Audio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2022
Season Finale: RTJ 4 and more
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on the final episode of this season we link with El-P for one last conversation. we cover RTJ 4, High Water, Little Johnny from the Hospitul and more. Is there another solo project in the cards? how does El feel about the battles he's waged in his career? hear the answers here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2021
Run The Jewels 3
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in 2016 El-P and Killer Mike released their third LP as Run the Jewels. With their impact and fan base now fully galvanized and the problems of the world beginning to escalate, the duo responds by pouring more of their humanity into the music. And with this vulnerability comes a heightened sense of risk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2021
Run the Jewels 2
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In 2014 El-P and Killer Mike released their second full length as Run The Jewels. While they knew that the energy and sound of RTJ was undeniable, it was the second release that truly catapulted the duo to worldwide popularity. Along with the success came brand new challenges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2021
Run The Jewels
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Off the heels of producing Killer Mike's breakthrough album R.A.P. Music, El-P and Mike decide to join forces for an entire project that was intended to be a one-off. This is the story of their reinvention/evolution in forming the duo that would change both of their careers: Run the Jewels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2021
Cancer 4 Cure
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In 2012 after the dissolution of his record label Def Jux and the death of his friend and collaborator Camu Tao, El-P released his 3rd solo album Cancer 4 Cure. The album chronicles El-P at one of his lowest points and though he made it thinking it might be his last project, it changed the course of his entire career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2021
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
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In this episode El-P tells the story of the LP that serves as the origin of Run The Jewels. in 2012 Williams Street Records (part of Adult Swim) paired El with Killer Mike to produce an album. The bombastic LP combined the sounds of both artists and changed the course of both of their careers in its wake. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2021
I'll Sleep When You're Dead
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In 2007 El-P released his second solo album I'll Sleep When You're Dead. In this episode El tells the story of creating this project which he calls his favorite of his solo works. He details his excitement at collaborating with Trent Reznor and explains the stories behind tracks like Habeas Corpses, The Overly Dramatic Truth and Tasmanian Pain Coaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2021
Def Jux Legacy
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having covered El's production masterpiece in Cannibal Ox's The Cold Vein and his breakthrough solo LP Fantastic Damage, we profile the artists and albums that are the tentpoles of El-P's artist-owned record label Def Jux. He tells the story of meeting and working with underground legends like Mr. Lif, Aesop Rock, RJD2 and more and explores the void left by the passing of friend and brilliant artist Camu Tao. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2021
Fantastic Damage
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in 2002 El-P released his solo debut LP Fantastic Damage to critical acclaim and unbridled fervor from underground rap fans that had been following El from Company Flow to the creation of Def Jux. In this episode El tells the stories behind celebrated songs like Stepfather Factory, Deep Space 9mm and Squeegee Man Shooting and he sets the record straight on the album's connection to the events of September 11th, 2001. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2021
Cannibal Ox's Cold Vein and the Rise of Def Jux
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in this episode El-P walks us through the launch of the legendary record label Def Jux. in the initial days of the label Company Flow disbands as El assembles the roster from standout artists in the underground rap scene like Mr. Lif, RJD2 and Aesop Rock. One of the first major releases is Cannibal Ox's classic debut The Cold Vein. El walks us through meeting the duo, putting the album together and unleashing it on the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2021
Company Flow part 2: Funcrusher Plus
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on this episode El-P breaks down Company Flow's Funcrusher Plus LP. He discusses the origins of his unique approach to production and the changes between the EP version and the final commercial release, the alchemy of The Fire in Which You Burn, and the disagreements that eventually led to the dissolution of the group Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2021
Company Flow part 1: El’s origin story
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to kick off this season Open Mike Eagle and El-P dig into El's early life leading up to his first recordings and the forming of the seminal underground rap group Company Flow. Along the way we hear the story of his first encounter with the music business and how that informed the ’independent as f*ck’ aesthetic of his early releases. We then explore the record label bidding war that lands the group at legendary underground label Rawkus Records. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2021
What Didnt Happen
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On the season finale of What Had Happened Was we talk with Prince Paul about what didnt happen in his long and storied career. From near miss collaborations with legendary artists to TV projects that ended before ever launching, these are the stories of what almost happened plus a look into the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2020
Buhloone Mindstate
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In 1993 De La Soul released Buhloone Mindstate which was their final album produced by Prince Paul. Filled with raw expression and lush jazz arrangements played live by James Brown's original backing band, the album sounds like none before or after it. The careers of Paul and De La Soul both took sharp turns after as they parted ways and attempted to carve out their own identities.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2020
Native Tongues Collective
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The music video for 1990’s ‘Buddy’ by De La Soul introduced the world to the Native Tongues collective. The crew consisted of Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Black Sheep, Queen Latifah, Monie Love and more. This collective was groundbreaking in that it made space for a freer and more individualistic image of rap stars at a critical time in rap history. It would go on to influence the rise of Common, Kanye West, J. Cole and more. Hear the story of the collective’s rise and slow dissolution from one of its key early members Prince Paul. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2020
The Politics of the Business
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In 2003 after the mishandling of ‘A Prince Among Thieves’, Paul found himself in a dark space and made an album reflective of his negative feelings about the music industry. Devoid of his signature skits and melodic samples, Politics of the Business is Prince Paul at his most cynical. He tells the story of putting the album together, its critical/fan reception and how he feels about it now. (album features Dave Chappelle, Ice-T, Chuck D, Jean Grae, MF DOOM and more) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2020
Handsome Boy Modeling School
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In 1998 Prince Paul linked up with Dan The Automator (Dr. Octagon, Detlron 3030) and formed Handsome Boy Modeling School based on an episode of Chris Eliot’s 90s sitcom ‘Get A Life’. They made two albums featuring everyone from DJ Shadow to Father Guido Sarducci. Paul walks us through these collaborations including amazing stories about linking up with Pharell Williams to record him in a very unlikely location and why El-P was confused by the final version of the song he recorded on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2020
Stetsasonic and life as a 10-year old DJ
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Paul began his journey in rap in 1977 as a DJ right when hip-hop was starting in New York. Shortly after that it turns into a career when he meets the rappers that would become the legendary group Stetsasonic. In this episode he tells the story of going from ‘sucker duck’ kid DJ to touring the world with Stetsasonic and the lessons that led him to strike out on his own with De La Soul. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2020
De La Soul is Dead
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In 1991 after the smash success of their debut album 3ft High and Rising, De La Soul and Prince Paul become household names and with that comes strangers harassing them with unwanted demo tapes, weird encounters at Burger King, and rumors being spread about the group. All of these problems are front and center on their second album, the brilliant De La Soul is Dead.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2020
3rd Bass, MF DOOM and MC Paul Barman
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In this loosies episode Prince Paul tells the story of working with these three legendary hip-hop acts and gives us a look inside each of their creative processes. Along the way we discuss 3rd Bass’s beef with MC Hammer, a potential full length collab with DOOM and the story of what the beats from Paul Barman’s ‘It’s Very Stimulating’ were originally intended for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2020
Chris Rock and the Grammys
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As Chris Rock was skyrocketing to fame as a stand-up comic he worked with Prince Paul to release three comedy albums that were so innovative and impactful that each one of them won a Grammy award. Here Prince Paul tells the story of thinking he was being pranked when Chris reached out to him and walks us through the development of each of the albums, including the hit single ‘No Sex in the Champagne Room’.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2020
A Prince Among Thieves
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In 1999 in the height of rap’s jiggy era Prince Paul made one of the most imaginative projects in music history. A Prince Among Thieves is a fully formed musical novel born from Paul’s creative vision and fueled by pain in his personal life. In this episode he walks us through the struggles of producing the album, the triumphs of completing it and how close he came to actually developing it into a full-length movie. Its the story of a naive and talented rapper named Tariq (played by Breezely Brewin) and it unfolds through rap songs featuring legends like Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul and many more  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2020
3ft High and Rising: The Origins of De La Soul
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Prince Paul tells the story of producing De La Soul's first album. Along the way we hear how the group was formed, the creative direction behind the album, and how they fit into the burgeoning hip-hop community around them. From the invention of the 'skit' to the first major sampling lawsuit, it's the story of an album that changed the business of rap music forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2020
Gravediggaz/RZA
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Prince Paul opens up about his time with RZA and the Gravediggaz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2020